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Clinical Psychologist

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 Per annum, pro rata + 5% of basic salary, min £1,192 - max £2,011
Closing date
7 Mar 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced Clinical Psychologist to join the HPFT CAMHS Targeted Team and shape service delivery. HPFT is at the forefront of providing integrated health and social care, and is one of only a handful of mental health trusts in the country to receive a CQC rating of 'OUTSTANDING'.

This is a county wide service based at Kingsley Green, Radlett providing a service to Looked after Children and Children and families on the edge of care. We provide consultation to the caring networks, including foster carers and parents as well as direct and systemic interventions. You will work alongside clinical social workers, nurses, systemic family therapists and Camhs practitioners and with our partner agencies across Social Care and Education. You will have HCPC registration. You will provide a highly specialist clinical psychology service within the context of the principles of CAPA (The Choice and Partnership Approach) and CYP-IAPT, providing both Core work and Specific/Specialist work including contributing to provision of a specific model of evidence-based therapeutic intervention (for example Specialist provision of Trauma Focused CBT, DDP, EMDR). You will act as a senior clinician in the service and provide supervision to experienced and prequalified clinicians in the team. We are looking for an applicant who is passionate about providing the best care for the children and families we work with.

Main duties of the job

Services for young people in the Trust also include: CAMHS Community Teams, Eating Disorders Team, Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team, DBT team, Forensic Adolescent Practitioner service, Adolescent inpatient unit, Home Treatment Team.

As the Lead Psychologist and Clinical Lead for CAMHS Targeted Team you will be working with children and families who are adopted, under SGO, looked after, on child protection plans and/or on child in need plans.

You will provide Clinical, professional and managerial supervision for team of clinicians including psychologists, systemic family therapists, clinical social workers, nurses, psychology trainees and assistant psychologist.

Lead for CQI, ROMS, CPD and CYP-IAPT and co-ordinate team involvement with research projects, including supervising various specialist therapeutic interventions.

Provide complex case formulation and responsible for development and facilitation of reflective practice in the team

You will share responsibility with the community manager for maintaining waitlist and allocations, and be involved in developing pathways and any service development including liaison with other service leads and commissioners.

You will offer psychological consultation and formulation and hold caseload of children and families for assessment and intervention.

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from the Care Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Job description

Job responsibilities

    • To provide highly specialist psychological assessment and therapy at the same time as offering advice and consultation on clients psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues, professionals from other agencies and to other non-professional carers
    • The post-holder will offer Core and Specialist/Specific work (according to CAPA definitions) within the quadrant, and Specialist/Specific work as part of a CAMHS-wide therapeutic team as appropriate
    • To work effectively as a fully integrated member of the multi-disciplinary team, including taking an active part in MDT meetings
    • To provide clinical/professional supervision to less experienced practitioner psychologists within the quadrant MDT
    • To provide placements to trainee clinical/counselling psychologists
    • To work autonomously within professional practice guidelines and Trust policies and procedures
    • To propose and implement policy and to support with service development undertake research, service evaluation and audit for own team/service and to contribute to the training of clinical/counselling psychologists and other
    • To ensure the systematic provision of a highly specialist clinical / counselling psychology service to clients of the Specialist CAMHS Targeted multidisciplinary team, across all sectors of care, within the context of the principles of CAPA (The Choice and Partnership Approach) and CYP-IAPT, providing both Core work (as defined by CAPA) and also contributing to Specific/Specialist work (as defined by CAPA) including contributing to provision of a specific model of evidence-based therapeutic intervention across the CAMHS clinics (for example Specialist provision of Systemic Therapy, Child Psychotherapy, CBT, IPT)

Person Specification

Knowledge, Training and Experience


  • Post-graduate doctorate in clinical Psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS, or fully completed training as a Counselling Psychologist
  • At least two years full-time post-registration experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment with clients with a range of psychological needs of a complex nature
  • Full registration with Health Professions Council under the Clinical or Counselling modality
  • Related academic qualifications to masters or doctorate level
  • Experience of independent administration and interpretation in cognitive assessment
  • Training in supervision of clinical / counselling psychologists
  • Experience of research, service development and audit


  • Chartered status with the British Psychological Society
  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice including CBT

Areas of Experience and Knowledge


  • Assessed experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of children/adolescents with a wide range of presentations of varying severity
  • Typically this would involve a minimum of 2 years at specialist level, or its equivalent demonstrated through CV and interview
  • Experience of working with moderate to severe mental health problems with a wide range of client groups across the whole life course with presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse
  • Demonstrate further specialist clinical experience and training within Child and Adolescent Mental Health, through a minimum of 50 hours clinical supervision of working as a clinical / counseling psychologist over a minimum of 18 months, or an agreed alternative
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for client's psychological care and treatment both as a professionally qualified care coordinator and also within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision, including supervision of clinical/counselling psychology trainee(s)
  • Experience working within a multi-disciplinary team and inter-agency collaboration
  • Doctoral level knowledge of clinical/counselling psychology including highly developed knowledge of developmental psychology, models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics, child and adolescent mental health and a range of therapeutic models
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management with clients with complex problems, including specialised psychological interventions for difficult to treat groups (eg multiple mental health and/or physical health problems)
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS and HCPC


  • Experience of having published in either peer reviewed academic or professional journals and/or books
  • Experience and knowledge of CAPA and CYP-IAPT

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


CAMHS Targeted Team Kingsley Green

15 Forest Lane



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